2020 – Jane Mansell
In her seven years working in-house at McDonald’s Corporation, Jane has been a regular volunteer on almost all the legal department’s pro bono projects. A member of the company’s Pro Bono Committee, she has devoted countless hours supporting McDonald’s Pro Bono Program while taking on many significant pro bono cases herself.
Through her pro bono service with The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), Jane has helped her clients achieve stability and start a new life by obtaining U-Visas, asylum, and naturalization status. Furthermore, as McDonald’s Project Lead in the company’s partnership with NIJC, she has helped organize naturalization clinics and asylum clinics, while working tirelessly to increase the impact of the pro bono program by bringing on new volunteers. Beyond Jane’s work with NIJC, she regularly volunteers with a helpline that provides support to parents of special needs students, in a neighborhood clinic located in Woodlawn, at the Domestic Violence Courthouse, and with students through The Chicago Bar Association’s Lawyers in the Classroom program.
Jane has successfully created multiple pro bono partnerships with law firms that has directly benefitted vulnerable people in Chicago and around the world. As a colleague writes, “she is a role model for our legal community” and a true leader and inspiration to her colleagues.